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Jessica Turner is the author of Stretched Too Thin: How Working Moms Can Lose the Guilt, Work Smarter and Thrive, and blogs on The Mom Creative. Every day is a juggling act as she balances working full-time, making memories with her family, photographing the every day and trying to be...

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  1. Jessica,
    In two days I will celebrate my 2nd anniversary with a wonderful man, who, everyday asks me this question, “So, what are you going to do good for yourself today?” The fact that he asks me that question affirms that “doing something good for myself” is a priority and not a frivolous luxury. I still battle the guilts when I do something that seems selfish, when in reality, when I take a little time for me, I am a much better and kinder person to everyone else. I like to think of taking care of myself as “preventative maintenance”. Great post this am!!
    Blessings and Happy New Year priorities to all,
    Bev

    • Congratulations on your 2nd year anniversary. This is truly something special to celebrate with Dave. This is wonderful he every day encourages you to do something good for yourself! He’s a keeper 🙂 Hugs, Joanne

      • Joanne,
        He’s a “keeper” for sure!! Thanks for sharing with me in my happiness!! xx

  2. This is so good. It’s so important to make a conscious effort to allocate time to render a healthy heart. For me, in some seasons it’s getting up earlier to be present in the quietness of my house before everyone wakes up. Other times, it’s in getting off the phone and tuning in to something else. Yet still, sometimes pausing my work to have coffee with a friend is healing and refreshing.
    Learning to be in tune to God in each season of my life isn’t easy, and I don’t always get it right, but my restless mind will signal my lack of priority to renew my spirit.
    As a mom, we are built to give and give and give..it’s in the moments we take that we find He gives to us.
    Happy Saturday!!
    Megs

  3. Jessica,
    I wish I had seen this 28 years ago. My girls are adopted and at 2 and 3 they came into my life. I loved them, wanted them but it was a change from working and coming home to relax. I was mainly a stay at home mother, working 1 to 3 days a week at a preschool where my children went to school.. Loved my time but by the time bedtime came, I was exausted. When my husband and I divorced, I had all of the care, worked fulltime while they went to after-school care, and homework. I did this all with the Lord’s help. My girls are now married and I now have a loving, caring husband.
    Mary